New Columbia Distillers Tours


1832 Fenwick St NE
Washington, DC 20002

New Columbia Distillers Website

About the Distillery

Located in Washington, DC, two couples Michael Lowe and Melissa Kroning and John Uselton and Elizabeth Lowe own New Columbia Distillers.  As a family owned business, the distillery came into its own as both John and Michael had extensive backgrounds in the restaurant and liquor business.  John worked all aspects of front-of-house restaurant from busboy to award-winning bartender and even manager.  Michael, on the other hand, started off on a Navy submarine and in law before retiring and investing in distilling books.

After a brief apprenticeship with Dry Fly Distillery, John and Michael located their own home for distilling in a 90-year-old warehouse.  In 2011, the two were the first to bring craft distilling to the nation’s capital.  In need of a name for their distillery, the history of The Man in the Green Hat, a bootlegger during the Prohibition period, was the perfect inspiration.

As a truly unique artisanal spirit, each batch of Green Hat Gin is crafted in their DC distillery.  This results in a super-premium gin that excels in both the finest cocktails and with a small cube of ice in a gin-lover’s glass.  With the highest quality soft winter wheat, they finish each batch with chill filtering and bottling by hand at the distillery.  Green Hat Gin is a Washington original.  Come grab a drink and cheers it with your friends and family.